HCSC behavioral health program helps reduce stress

Health Care Service Corp. (HCSC) piloted a Web-based behavioral health program among employees at offices in New Mexico and Texas. The program, which consisted of daily mindfulness-based stress reduction exercises over an eight-week period, reduced stress levels while increasing participants' ability to pay attention while completing key tasks. The program also made use of a new mobile wellness application suite from HCSC called Centered. The consumer-owned health plan intends to extend the pilot to Blue Cross and Blue Shield websites in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Study